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Old 04-10-2013, 12:45 AM   #1
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DIY - How to remove a hood with no assistance

One of the challenges of working on the car is that there are some tasks that are a bit more difficult to do without a second (or third) set of hands. I like doing things myself and take pride in figuring out ways to overcome challenges.

Removing a hood by yourself is no longer one of these difficult challenges provided you have the correct tools!


Tools needed:

1) small flat head screwdriver to loosen the clip on the support prop

2) Ratchet (palm ratchet is easiest to use in the tight spaces) with appropriate sized shallow socket (stock hood is 13mm).

3) Twin air mattress

4) Air pump

5) Pad (optional - to keep air mattress clean)



Steps:

1) Loosen the 4 Hood/Hinge nuts with ratchet and socket (2 per side)

2) Disconnect the wiper washer fluid line (pull the rubber hose from the plastic fitting near the hinge on the driver's side)

3) Disconnect the hood prop at the hood using a small flat head screwdriver to pry loose the clip on one side (not necessary to remove the clip completely). Lay the hood prop down towards the center of the front fascia (out of the way).

4) Inflate the twin air mattress approx 80-90% (should be somewhat spongy). Lift hood and place air matress crosswise across engine bay. Place pad (optional) across the mattress to keep it cleaner for later out of town guests. Air mattress should be placed about 6 inches forward of the front edge of the hinge to allow ratchet access. Lower the hood onto the airmatress/pad.

5) With hood lowered, remove the Hood nuts, one on each side first, then the second. The hood will roll forward onto the mattress and away from the fenders and windshield.

6) Carefully lift the hood off the air mattress. (Special note: Be aware of your surroundings and LOOK UP! The first time I tested this process, I was quite happy that it worked so well and forgot this important step and cracked the corner of my stock hood into the garage door overhead ... learn from my mistakes!)

Reinstalling a hood is a simple reverse of this process. Just align the hood on the air mattress. Place the front nut first on each hinge to "lock" the hood from moving back into the windshield or top of your fenders. Then with one hand gently lift the front of the hood and use your other hand to place the rear nut on and finger tighten. Then adjust the hood position and tighten all 4 nuts. Then reconnect the washer fluid line.

Last edited by GnyaTek; 11-10-2013 at 10:00 PM. Reason: added omitted steps re: washer fluid line
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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DUDE, that is Fukin' BRILLIANT!!!!!!

I have a spare hood I am going to ventilate for tracking, to prevent lift at high speeds, and have been trying to figure out how to swap the hoods myself. Now all I need is an air mattress.

You rock!!

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Glad it helped!

I tend to figure out odd ways to do things...
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:25 AM   #4
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Great vid.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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awesome tutorial!
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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Bump - Had a person ask about hood removal.

Also, added step for disconnecting washer fluid line that was omitted from original steps.
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